‘Captain’ Movie Review: Arya Flexes Her Muscles But Can’t Save This Predator-Inspired Monster Movie


Filmmaker Shakti Soundar Rajan continues his mission to make Kollywood caricatures of popular Hollywood films… but why?

Filmmaker Shakti Soundar Rajan continues his mission to make Kollywood caricatures of popular Hollywood films… but why?

Let’s imagine a pub quiz, in which participants are asked to guess the name of the movie based on a one-line description.

Quizmaster: The protagonist must survive a zombie attack.

Participant: I’m a legend!

Interviewer: No.

Participant 2: night of the living dead?

Quiz master: No.

Participant 3: resident Evil? Shaun of the Dead? land of the dead?

Quizmaster: No, no and no. The correct answer is Miruthan.

Quizmaster: Okay, next. A guy, who is not an astronomer, is called upon to destroy an asteroid on Earth.

Participant 1, 2 and 3: ARMAGEDDON!

Interviewer: No.

Participants (surprised): So?!

Quizmaster (with a cheeky grin): tik tik tik is the correct answer.

Quizmaster: Moving on… A teddy bear that looks like this (shows a picture on his phone) comes to life and befriends the protagonist –

Participant 1: It’s Ted!

Interviewer: No.

Participant 1 (visibly annoyed): Dude, you even showed me the picture. I’m damn sure that’s what the teddy bear looks like Ted.

Quizmaster: Pretty close. But the correct answer is teddy.

At this point, the contestants regret signing up for the quiz with a hardcore Shakti Soundar Rajan fan and walk out of the pub.

with his last Captainstrongly inspired by Predator, Shakti continues its mission of making Kollywood caricatures of popular Hollywood movies.

“But why?” you can ask. Completely understandable.

This is a question that the director himself will answer best. But in our time, when our audience has easy access to the biggest Hollywood blockbusters with the best visual effects, it seems counterproductive to rehash a cult monster movie from the 80s. Why would anyone want to buy Adibas sneakers when he already has access to the original Adidas sneakers?

Scamming, in itself, is not the problem. A filmmaker can steal an idea or even the plot, but what he does with it matters. Quentin Tarantino, for example, felt Kaante (the Hindi version of his cult classic, reservoir dogs) was “fabulous”. Shakti, however, took the premise of Predator and made it boring.

The main problem of Captain it doesn’t evoke any feelings of terror. In monster movies, half the battle is won if the creature looks creepy. The one in Captain, called Minotaur (because it resembles the mythical Greek beast), has an interesting anatomy. His body has a small detachable spider-like part, which can emit bio-radar waves that can, among other things, control human minds. His saliva can cause short-term memory loss. But due to low budget visual effects, Minotaur looks like monsters from Shaktiman.

More than the VFX, however, the film falls flat due to an unsuitable storyline. There are some interesting ideas; for example, the protagonist, Captain Vetri Selvan (Arya), is an orphan. He considers his team as his family. The idea of ​​how he has people who are willing to sacrifice for him sounds moving. But Shakti conveys that through explanatory lines (spoken by a stone-faced Arya) and a montage song with generic happy times (we wondered if Arya and Co are at a school summer camp instead of a high-risk operations team). All characters are subscribed. Aishwarya Lekshmi is wasted in a cameo. Even Simran, who plays a slightly larger role, does little to keep us invested in the film. Just because the story takes place in a military context, the director attempts to add a token patriotic line in a scene that seems utterly unnecessary.

When Captain ends (in two hours, thankfully), you partly want the creature to spit on you so you can forget to look at it. But Shakti closes it with the promise of a shout. Now, this evokes a feeling of dread.

Captain is currently playing in theaters


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